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August 2017


Ann Ishimaru on equitable family engagement | James Mazza on youth suicide | Katie Headrick Taylor on digital media and emerging technologies | Boris Krichevsky on controversial statues | Kathleen Artman Meeker & Angel Fettig on challenging behavior and young children

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College Updates

From volunteer to decision-maker: how parents can play a greater role in schools

Professor Ann Ishimaru argues for schools and districts to partner with families in meaningful ways that go beyond “traditional, circumscribed” roles in a new paper in Peabody Journal of Education. Ishimaru co-edited the special issue "Beyond Interest Convergence: Envisioning Transformation for Racial Equity in Education."   

Learning gardens aim to grow student engagement in science

A partnership of the UW College of Education, Tilth Alliance and Seattle Public Schools—supported by a $2.9 million NSF grant—will build outdoor learning gardens and draw upon local communities and green spaces at several Seattle schools while developing a robust curriculum for K-3 educators to engage students in complex ecological reasoning and decision-making.

Improving practice, inspiring growth

For several years, Stacy Thomas (EdD ‘15) and her colleagues watched with concern as approximately half of 3rd graders at Blaine School District weren’t able to read at their grade level. Thomas, executive director of teaching and learning at Blaine, shared lessons from the district’s experience during the UW Center for Educational Leadership’s Summer Leadership Institute.

Connecting learning with making

While children have long used their imaginations to create toys and art from whatever is at hand, digital technologies are opening new opportunities for educators to bring making into their classrooms. This summer, elementary teacher candidates at the UW College of Education are experiencing a glimpse into that future.

STEM Inside: Arts-integrated STEM learning programs

The UW’s Research + Practice Collaboratory recently launched a $2 million project to document ways that out-of-school programs serving economically and racially marginalized youth can build young people’s interests and skills in science, digital design, coding and production.

Video spotlight

Envisioning Transformation for Racial Equity in Education

Professor Ann Ishimaru, co-editor of "Beyond Interest Convergence: Envisioning Transformation for Racial Equity in Education," a special issue of the Peabody Journal of Education, discusses the issue and her paper which appears in the issue.

Alumni News

Building community in the teaching profession

Doctoral student and Seattle Public Schools teacher Elzena McVicar (MIT ‘10) wants to erase the feelings of isolation many teachers have in their practice, while also elevating teaching and learning.

Student News

Rethinking social justice teaching

While working as a high school English teacher, Lisa Sibbett (PhD ‘18) became aware of a disconnect between social justice-focused teaching and its real-world application.

Exploring new ways of teaching, learning and knowing

How can schools move from being a source of inequity and harm to a source of community resurgence? Answering that question has led Meixi (PhD ‘19) from Thailand to Mexico to the UW College of Education.

Onyewuenyi earns AERA fellowship

Doctoral student Adaurennaya Onyewuenyi has been named a 2017-18 American Educational Research Association Minority Dissertation Fellow in Education. The fellowship will support Onyewuenyi’s dissertation project “The Unexplored Voices of the “New African Diaspora”: An Examination of the Racial and Ethnic Identity Profiles, Academic Performance, Perceived Teacher Discrimination, and Immigrant Advantage of 1.5 and 2nd Generation Nigerian and Black American Adolescents.”

AERA Minority Dissertation Fellows are selected based on their potential as faculty members or education research scholars, their dissertation studies’ contribution to education research, the research methodology used, and the implications of the research. Learn more about Onyewuenyi and her research in a recent video interview.

Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in July 2017 were: Megan Bang, Filiberto Barajas-López, Molly Branson-Thayer, Jondou Chen, Tom Halverson, Nancy Hertzog, Ann Ishimaru, Gail Joseph, Kristie Kauerz, Soojin Oh Park, Susan Sandall, Randi Shapiro, Janet Soderberg and Min Sun.

New Awards

PI: Megan Bang
Title: Collaborative Research: Cultural processes in learning about ecosystems: Cultural epistemologies and complex systems
Sponsor: NSF
Amount awarded: $549,793; Year 1 of a 4 year award

PI: Ann Ishimaru
Co-PIs: Jondou Chen
Title: Rainier Valley Equity
Sponsor: Rainier Valley Corps (Originating Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
Amount awarded: $22,000

PI: Ann Ishimaru
Co-PIs: Filiberto Barajas-López, Min Sun
Title: UW-SPS Racial Equity Teams Pilot Study: Co-designing Equitable Instructional and Organizational Practices
Sponsor: Washington Educational Research Association
Amount awarded: $4,000

PI: Gail Joseph
Co-PIs: Molly Branson-Thayer, Tom Halverson, Nancy Hertzog, Kristie Kauerz, Soojin Oh Park, Susan Sandall, and Janet Soderberg
Title: Evaluation and Data Support for Exemplar States
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Amount awarded: $10,001,796

PI: Gail Joseph
Co-PIs: Soleil Boyd, Molly Branson-Thayer, DeEtta Simmons, Randi Shapiro, and Janet Soderberg
Title: Quality Rating and Improvement System Assessment, Ratings and Training
Sponsor: Washington State Department of Early Learning
Amount awarded: $7,952,000

PI: Randi Shapiro
Title: Statewide Training and Technical Assistance Infrastructure Development for the California Quality Rating and Improvement System (CA-QRIS)
Sponsor: WestEd (Originating Sponsor: First 5 California)
Amount awarded: $550,000

Honor Roll

EarlyEdU Alliance hosts annual institute

The EarlyEdU Alliance, led by College of Education faculty Gail Joseph and Susan Sandall,  hosted its second annual institute in downtown Seattle on June 19-21. More than 120 early childhood faculty and representatives from state agencies across the country gathered to share ideas, hear from experts in the field and plan for using Alliance resources to strengthen the early childhood workforce in their states.

Members of the EarlyEdU Advisory Board in attendance included Libby Doggett, deputy assistant secretary for policy and early learning at the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama administration. Featured speakers were Amanda Bryans, director of research analysis and communication at the Office of Head Start; Lea Austin, co-director of the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berkeley; and Sharon Ritchie, principal investigator of FirstSchool at UNC Chapel Hill.

Joseph delivered an overview of one of EarlyEdU’s courses, Resilience and Wellness, and Sandall led a session on EarlyEdU’s media resources. ECFS participants included faculty members Carrie Brennan and Miriam Packard, who presented on developing professional vision in early childhood teachers. Members of the EarlyEdU team also led sessions on innovative instructional practices, new courses and modules, and the Coaching Companion, EarlyEdU’s video sharing and coaching feedback app.

Kauerz discusses leadership in early learning

Kristie Kauerz, research assistant professor and director of UW’s National P-3 Center, participated in the panel “The Power of Leaders in Early Learning,” sponsored by New America in July. Video of the panel is available online.

Mobile City Science project highlighted

Learn more about Mobile City Science and technology-supported collaborative learning in a new paper by Professor Katie Headrick Taylor and doctoral student Deborah Silvis in the conference proceedings of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning.

Lott discusses UW Brotherhood Initiative

Professor Joe Lott presented his work with the UW Brotherhood Initiative to the Emerald City Rotary Club in July. Two state legislators, Nicole Macri or Javier Valdez, were present.

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Elementary Master in Teaching Online Info Session
Aug. 8, 2017 — 3 p.m.

Secondary Master in Teaching Online Info Session
Aug. 9, 2017 — 3 p.m.

Special Education Teaching Certificate Online Info Session
Aug. 9, 2017 — 4 p.m.

School Psychology Information Session
Aug. 29 — 4 p.m.

Leadership in Higher Education (M.Ed.) Information Session
Aug. 31 — 4 p.m.

Doctoral Degrees Information Session
Sept. 1 — 1 p.m.




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